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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Personal Mention

Alumnus Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, has become a new voting member on the Fed’s main policymaking group. Evans, who earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 1985 and his Ph.D. in 1989, joined the Fed's Chicago branch in 1991 and served as director of research before taking the top job. Previously, he taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina. Read about Evans in Carnegie Mellon Today magazine.

Joseph B. (Jay) Kadane, the Leonard J. Savage University Professor of Statistics and Social Sciences, Emeritus, wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times on how the Argentinean government is repressing statisticians from publishing accurate inflation numbers. Kadane, who is also the chair of  the American Statistical Association Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights, will brief members of congress today on this issue. Read the opinion piece, "Numbers Racket in Argentina."

Dahlia Haynes, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of chemistry, was recognized as a rising star on the 34th Annual UNCF An Evening of Stars. The program focused public attention on America's need for more African American college graduates and UNCF's work getting students to and through college. UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million since its inception to help hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Haynes is a 2012 recipient of a UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship, which supports African American post-graduate students during their postdoctoral training. She conducts research on conjugated polymer synthesis and self-assembly processes in photovoltaics and field effect transistors for organic based electronics.

David Brumley has been appointed the Gerard G. Elia Career Development professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Brumley, who also is working on techniques to fight against next-generation malware, is the faculty adviser for CMU's award-winning "Capture the Flag" team. In addition to his ECE post, Brumley has appointments in the Computer Science Department and Carnegie Mellon CyLab. He is also the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) - the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young scientists and engineers. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics in 1998 from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree in computer science in 2003 from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from CMU in 2008. Read more.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Radu Marculescu and ECE Ph.D. alumnus Jingcao Hu have earned the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award from the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) for their work, "Energy-Aware Mapping for Tile-Based NoC Architectures Under Performance Constraints." Established in 2012 with support from the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, the award honors the most influential paper presented at the ASP-DAC conference a decade earlier. Marculescu's paper, presented at ASP-DAC in 2003, is the very first to formally address the problem of energy-aware automatic mapping of IPs/cores onto a generic multicore platform, where communication happens via the network-on-chip architecture. Over the years, it has greatly influenced follow-up work in academia and industry. The award was presented earlier this month at ASP-DAC 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.

Director of Piping Andrew Carlisle and School of Music student Andrew Bova (BFA'11, MM'13) recently earned awards at the Annual Winter Storm Bagpipe and Drum event in Kansas City, Mo. Carlisle won two competitions and The President’s Cup. Bova placed third in the McCallum Bagpipes & Midwest Pipe Band Silver Medal Competition.

Tepper School MBA candidates George Orn and Philip Shing won the recent Caesars Entertainment’s (CZR) annual MBA Poker Championship at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament, which attracted several hundred students, serves as the main MBA recruiting event for Caesars and produces roughly half the company’s new MBA hires. Read about the tournament.